VH-MVB Victa R-101 Gyroplane
In addition to
its develoment of the Airtourer, Victa Consolidated Industries also
wanted to produce
a light, all-metal
rotary-wing aircraft hopefully for both civilian and military
use. The prototype of this
venture had its first
flight in May 1962. It featured a tricycle undercarriage,
twin-fin tail unit and a two-
rotor with a pusher propeller driven by a 180hp Lycoming engine.
Greg Banfield's shot
(above) was taken in
the Bankstown hangar in February 1965. The autogyro was designed
known variously as the R-101 and Project 67. When the company
work in 1966 due to
financial constraints, development of the Gyroplane ceased.
AESL in New
Zealand, who took over
Airtourer production, elected not to go ahead with furthering the cause
little craft. It is now preserved at the Camden
Museum of Aviation in New South Wales.